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Seeing beyond Jiro Takamatsu's shadows

May 19, 2015

Seeing beyond Jiro Takamatsu's shadows

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“Jiro Takamatsu: Trajectory of Work” is taxonomic, breaking down everything in the artist’s oeuvre into relatively neat successions of projects and including his paintings and sculptures, copious sketches and the marginalia. Even the catalog seemingly calls for a scientific approach, this exhibition being the ...

Experience was not the mother of wisdom

May 19, 2015

Experience was not the mother of wisdom

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It’s something of a truism that the life of an artist heavily influences his or her work. No exhibition makes this clearer than “Utrillo & Valadon” at the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art, which pairs the art of Maurice Utrillo, ...

The Louvre's spin on art history

May 12, 2015

The Louvre's spin on art history

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The futuristic-looking National Art Center Tokyo (NACT) seems like a rather unusual venue for an exhibition of mainly 17th- and 18th-century European art sourced from Paris’s famous Louvre Museum. But while the Louvre’s collections are very much rooted in the past, the French institution ...

A prosaic picture of Japan's rural decline

May 12, 2015

A prosaic picture of Japan's rural decline

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With all the current problems facing Japan’s rural communities, “Salt of the Earth” at the Tokyo Gallery is a visual contribution to an ongoing debate on their value and survival. The rhetoric of the show espouses the humble virtues of life in Amami, a ...

Picasso painting fetches art auction record $179 million

May 12, 2015

Picasso painting fetches art auction record $179 million

A vibrant, multihued painting by Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179 million on Monday night. “Women of Algiers (Version O)” was part of a sale at Christie’s auction house that also featured Alberto Giacometti’s life-size sculpture “Pointing ...

The Renaissance banked on art

May 5, 2015

The Renaissance banked on art

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All exhibitions that deal with the distant past inevitably fall into the trap of anachronism to some degree. This is especially true when they try to present a strong storyline that appeals to modern audiences, as the present exhibition at Bunkamura The Museum does ...

Korin: the late bloomer with innovative in style

May 5, 2015

Korin: the late bloomer with innovative in style

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One of the joys of visiting Tokyo’s Nezu Museum in early May, is to catch the annual showing of one of the museum’s most famous works, Ogata Korin’s “Irises,” before stepping outside to appreciate the real irises blooming in its garden. This spring, Korin’s ...

'Feast of Beauty: 300 Years of Western Painting'

May 5, 2015

'Feast of Beauty: 300 Years of Western Painting'

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April 29-June 21 The Tokushima Modern Art Museum is showcasing 64 paintings from the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum collection, which have been chosen to summarize the 300-year history of Western art. Covering five important eras — the golden age of baroque paintings, the court ...

Landscape artisans spread beauty of Japanese gardens

| May 3, 2015

Landscape artisans spread beauty of Japanese gardens

Kosugi Zohen Co. Ltd. is a landscaping company in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan. Starting as family owned farming and nursery business, Kosugi’s history goes back more than 300 years. Now focusing on the design, construction and maintenance of gardens for homes, condominiums and commercial properties, ...